No Time For You!
By Renee G.
Hurry up. Move along there’s more to get done. Rush. Rush. Got somewhere else to be. No time to appreciate just a snapshot for the memory. A quick text here…a Snapchat there. Got it. Good. That’s just how life should be. Right? Spend as little time as possible with those around you because there is just so much to get done. Not for Carl (87) and Barbara (81) Becker of Rixeyville, VA. Their daily “scrunch” time (Between lunch an supper) has been a big part of what has sustained their marriage of 63 years.
However, on February 21st, while fellowshipping and enjoying each other’s company during their “Scrunch” time an employee began sweeping the floor and kicking up dust around the snacking couple. After a brief comment over the flying dirt, the manager appeared and asked the couple to leave because they had been at the Culpeper McDonald’s location for 30 minutes. Apparently they had spent too much time in the restaurant and the employees wanted to clean-up the place, so they could move along to the next item on the agenda-cleaning the floors.
What? Now wait a minute. I am confused. Since when did the notion of service impose a time restraint? The last time I checked, there was no limit on how much time one spent eating their fast food unless of course the place is ready to close, but this McDonalds was far from closing. Yet, I guess I should not be so shocked to see this type of rude behavior especially while wearing my biblical glasses. God has clearly stated that in the last days difficult times will come. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy(2Timothy 3:2).
Hmmm…”Lovers of themselves”-the employee only wanted to satisfy her need to get her work with no consideration of others…”lovers of money”-is it possible the manager wanted a different type of paying customer…”abusive”…”ungrateful”-The offensive and insulting words spoken by the employee: ‘Does this bother you?’ was a rhetorical question stating the ungrateful attitude towards the Becker’s presence.
Although the Beckers felt insulted by what took place and were disappointed at the corporation’s attempt to reconcile the situation, the couple will forgive and put the matter behind them since that what spending time together for 63 years in a working marriage has taught them.